New Tuition Assistance Enrollment Process

Now that the Training Fund is serving more members than ever, we have established two enrollment periods for the Tuition Assistance program. This new process allows the Training Fund to fairly manage disbursements of Tuition Assistance funds while serving the greatest number of members.

This update applies to members of all bargaining units applying for Tuition Assistance for school starting in 2020 (and beyond). If you’re already receiving Tuition Assistance, you do not need to reapply; please check with your Regional Education Navigator about maintaining your eligibility.

Enrollment Periods

The Training Fund accepts applications year-round and will review for Tuition Assistance after two enrollment periods each year: closing deadlines are October 15 and May 15. For tuition requests for school during the upcoming calendar year, apply by October 15. If the Training Fund has additional funding available, we will review another round of applications after the May 15 deadline. May 15 deadline is for Fall (Sept 1) funding. 

 Members are encouraged to apply any time during the year so that you can be connected with career counseling, education navigation, and other benefits you may be eligible for in support of your education and career goals. However, members will only receive decisions about Tuition Assistance after the enrollment periods close.

Tuition Assistance funding spots are based on seniority in your Bargaining Unit at your employer.

Meet with a Regional Education Navigator

When first applying for Tuition Assistance funding, a Training Fund Regional Education Navigator (REN) will schedule a required meeting with you to help you prepare for school and discuss your interest in Tuition Assistance. You must meet with your Navigator in order to remain on the enrollment list. Your Navigator will provide you with information about the college application process, discuss the full range of Training Fund benefits available to you, and share important deadlines to help you plan your education pathway.

Enrollment List

When you apply, we will add you to the enrollment list. After the enrollment period closing deadlines, we will let you know whether you’ve been accepted into the Tuition Assistance program. Many people requesting Tuition Assistance get access the first time they apply. However, there may be a wait, depending on how many members apply during each enrollment period and their seniority levels.

Enrolling in School

Only apply for Tuition Assistance if you are ready to enroll in school. After you receive a funding spot, you’ll have six months to register for your pre-requisite courses or a full calendar year (12 months) to enroll in a degree program. If you are unable to meet these deadlines, funding will be withdrawn and provided to another member.

Requirements for Continued Funding

Once admitted to the Tuition Assistance program, you can receive funding through the completion of your prerequisite courses and/or approved degree program. Please discuss the continued funding requirements with your REN.

Your Education Benefits, Your Future

The Training Fund offers many other education benefits that you can use almost immediately, including career counseling, tutoring, workshops, and professional development activities. Your REN can give you more information about these benefits.

We are excited to partner with you as you pursue your education and career goals! If you have any questions not answered by the Tuition Assistance Frequently Asked Questions, please contact us at or (425) 255-0315.

Updated September 26, 2019.


MA Apprenticeship Info Meetings

Do you want to learn more about the upcoming Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program?
Join us for an information session!

June 13 – Tacoma
Kaiser Permanente-South Tacoma Clinic – 9505 Steele St. S. Tacoma, WA 98444
5:30 to 6:30pm

June 18 – Everett
Everett Public Library activity room –- 2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett 98201
5:30 to 6:30pm

Register for the info sessions

Important update on Tuition Assistance benefit for Service/Maintenance, LPN and Non-Professional Bargaining Unit Workers

If you want to receive funding to complete a certificate or degree program, please complete our application. We will review your application and determine if you are eligible for education benefits.

Once your eligibility is confirmed, you will be assigned to a Regional Education Navigator. Your Navigator will provide you with specifics about the funding process and other important deadlines to help you with your education pathway.

Please know that Tuition Assistance funding for Service/Maintenance, LPN and Non-Professional Bargaining Unit Members is no longer available for 2019. Your application will be added to our Tuition Assistance rolling enrollment list and will be reviewed after our rolling enrollment period ends October 15, 2019. If your application is accepted for funding, you will be notified on November 15, 2019. If it is not accepted for funding, it will be saved for the next rolling enrollment period that ends May 15, 2020.

Also note: Changing your employment status to per-diem makes you ineligible for any Training Fund benefit.

Going back to school with the Training Fund is life changing for many of our members and we are committed to helping you achieve success in the classroom while continuing your work. We look forward to serving you as you pursue your education and career goals.

Resume Workshop June 25

Sign up today for the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund’s RESUME WORKSHOP!

The workshop will be Tuesday, June 25 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Evergreen Building, 15 S. Grady Way, Suite 330, Renton, WA 98057. You can also attend virtually on your laptop from anywhere via GoToMeeting.

Writing or updating a resume is a “must” for pursuing a new job or applying to an education program. A clean, polished resume will help you stand out from the pile of other resumes and land you an interview! The SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund can help you get started on creating a dynamic resume to get that invitation to interview.

You will get specific advice on what resume format healthcare employers prefer and recommendations on how to professionally frame your accomplishments.

If you have recently graduated from a program, are planning to graduate soon, or are just job hunting at a Training Fund employer partner, you are highly encouraged to attend. The workshop is free and only open to Training Fund eligible members.

Registration is easy; visit or click here to complete the form.